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29 Shipwrecks Found Since the Discovery of the Titanic

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2019: Hiei
> Year lost: 1942
> Location where found: Off of Guadalcanal
> Found by: Team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen

During the same battle that claimed the USS Juneau, the Japanese battleship Hiei was sunk. The 31,000-ton ship was the first Japanese battleship sunk by the U.S. Navy during World War II. It was discovered by researchers aboard Paul Allen’s R/V Petrel.

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2020: SS Pere Marquette 18
> Year lost: 1910
> Location where found: Lake Michigan off Sheboygan, WI
> Found by: Two Minnesota shipwreck hunters

Pere Marquette 18, a transport ship carrying about 60 passengers and crew and 30 rail cars on Lake Michigan from Ludington, Michigan, to Milwaukee, sank offshore from Sheboygan on the morning of Sept. 9, 1910, killing 29 people. Its wreck eluded discovery for a century until 2020 when Minnesota shipwreck hunters Jerry Eliason and Ken Merryman located it in nearly 500 feet of water off Sheboygan and Port Washington, Wisconsin.

Source: Courtesy of The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

2021: Frank W. Wheeler
> Year lost: 1885
> Location where found: Near Grand Island, Lake Superior, MI
> Found by: Researchers for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

Frank W. Wheeler, a schooner-barge, was being towed by the steamer Kittie M. Forbes on Sept. 29, 1885, when a gale blew across Lake Superior. Conditions worsened and the Wheeler began to sink. William Forbes, owner and captain of the Wheeler, ordered his men into the lifeboat, and 15 minutes later the ship sank. It was found in the summer of 2021 by researchers for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society near Grand Island in 600 feet of water.

2022: Endurance
> Year lost: 1915
> Location where found: Weddell Sea, Antarctica
> Found by: Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust

The Endurance, the lost vessel of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was discovered at the bottom of the Weddell Sea in March. The ship was crushed by sea ice and sank in 1915, forcing Shackleton and his men to escape on foot and in small boats. All of the crew survived the ordeal. The demise of the ship was chronicled by filmmaker Frank Hurley. The Endurance was found by the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust. The wreck is a designated monument under the international Antarctic Treaty and is not to be disturbed. No physical artifacts have been brought to the surface.

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